Pinarayi Vijayan must face trial in SNC Lavlin case, CBI tells Supreme Court

Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala’s chief minister, must face trial in a case of alleged corruption dating back to the 1990s, the CBI has told the Supreme Court.

The case pertains to the award of a power project-renovation contract to a Canadian firm, SNC Lavlin.

The CBI has now filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court. In the past, it has claimed there was a conspiracy in the granting of the contract — which allegedly caused a loss to Kerala’s exchequer. Back then, Pinarayi Vijayan was the the state’s power minister.

Vijayan was discharged in the case in 2013, and the decision was upheld by the Kerala High Court last year. The High Court said the CBI “wrongly picked” Vijayan, and that — prima facie — there was no case against him.

In January, the Supreme Court allowed the CBI to appeal against Vijayan’s discharge. It stayed the trial, and issued notices to two others who were discharged by the High Court.

As well, it asked the CBI to respond to pleas filed by three people who wanted to be discharged on grounds of parity.




News credit : Indiatoday

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